P.S. Art, an annual juried exhibition of work by students in New York City's public schools, celebrates the visual arts and showcases the tremendous talent of students from neighborhoods across the city. This year's selection presents sixty paintings, prints, sculptures, mixed-media works, collages, and drawings created by students aged 5 through 19. The exhibition provides an opportunity to see how student creativity and artistic ability evolve on the journey from childhood to adulthood.
Young people come to art classes with their own experiences, memories, and ideas from which to draw inspiration. Dedicated art teachers support students' creativity and help them look closely, imagine, and respond through their artworks. As students take sequenced art classes, they gain an understanding of art making, sharpening skills from one year to the next.
This exhibition is a celebration of New York City public school achievement in the arts. These artworks were submitted by art teachers and demonstrate development towards standards outlined in the Department of Education's Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts. To arrive at the selection of art on display, more than 750 entries were first narrowed to 350 by a panel of arts specialists from the Department of Education and The Studio in a School Association, Inc. A jury of distinguished members of the New York arts community, including staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, then convened to curate this year's exhibition. After careful review and thoughtful discussion, the jury chose these works to be included in P.S. Art 2011.
The New York City Department of Education and The Fund for Public Schools would like to thank The Metropolitan Museum of Art for generously mounting and hosting this exhibition in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. The New York City Department of Education and The Fund for Public Schools also gratefully acknowledge The Studio in a School Association, Inc. for their sponsorship and substantial role in the coordination of P.S. Art 2011.